37th EU PVSEC, 07 - 11 September 2020

European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics

The European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics is being awarded on the occasion of the EU PVSEC Conference. This prize was established by the European Commission in 1989 to mark the 150th anniversary of Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel’s discovery of the photovoltaic effect in 1839, which laid the foundation of both, photovoltaics and photography.

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Becquerel Prize 2020 - Nomination of Candidates

The Alexandre Edmund Becquerel Prize was established in 1989 by the European Commission on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Becquerel’s classical experiment in which he discovered the photovoltaic effect. Its purpose is to honour scientific, technical or managerial merit in the development of photovoltaic solar energy, attained over a long period of continuous achievements, or very exceptionally, for some extraordinary invention or discovery. It is primarily a European Award but not restricted exclusively to European citizens.

As Chairman of the Becquerel Prize Committee, I am pleased to announce the nomination campaign for the year 2020. The Prize will be awarded on the occasion of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Lisbon, Portugal, taking place from 7 - 11 September 2020.

The members of the Becquerel Prize Committee kindly invite you to take part in the nomination process for the year 2020.

To nominate a candidate it is necessary to fill-in the Nomination Form and return it the earliest possible and not later than Sunday 05 April 2020. The Nomination Forms will be collected on my behalf by Ms. Maria Hemming (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Every nomination should be accompanied by a page containing an explanation why the person who nominates someone believes that he/she deserves to get the award.

Please accept the following basic rules:

  • A person may not nominate him/herself.
  • Members of the Becquerel Prize Committee cannot be nominated.

Please attach to the nomination form a list of technical and scientific publications and/or achievements in the area of photovoltaics and a curriculum vitae of the person nominated by you.

We thank you in advance for your contribution that will guarantee a high level of qualified candidates.

Yours sincerely,
Prof. Joachim Luther
Chairman of the Becquerel Prize Committee

Congratulations to the Becquerel Prize Winner 2019: Pierre Verlinden!

The Becquerel Prize 2019 was awarded to   

pierre verlinden webDr. Pierre Verlinden
Consultant, Non-Executive Director to PV companies, Visiting Professor at Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou).

Becquerelwinner 2019 onsite pverlindenHe received the award in honour of his scientific and technological merits in the development of high-efficiency photovoltaics. The decision of the Becquerel Committee is based on the outstanding work of Dr. Verlinden on the design of high-efficiency solar cells, modules and systems including back contact and rear side passivated silicon solar cells.

Throughout his career, Dr. Verlinden has pioneered the development of advanced solar cell structures, not limiting his work to just scientific progress but focusing on feasible implementation for industrial mass production. This combination of deep scientific understanding and his contributions to the global PV industry makes his work unique for the progress of photovoltaics over the last 40 years. He has been very active in the global photovoltaic scientific community, serving on numerous scientific boards. Committed to education and teaching for decades, Dr. Verlinden has passed on his great passion and deep knowledge of photovoltaics to generations of young scientists as well as manufacturing engineers.